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Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

So Jesus is saying goodbye to his followers and is giving some important instructions before ascending to heaven.  The role of the Holy Spirit is about to become the most prominent thing in the lives of the disciples.  When the Spirit comes, power comes with HIM, not “it.”

Yes, I said “Him.”  I am probably just as guilty as anybody in making many of my references to the Holy Spirit as if it were some kind of ‘thing’ and not the very Spirit of God Himself.  God’s Spirit is more than just some gift of power or ability that we would not otherwise experience.  It is Him coming to dwell with you.

I cannot help but think of John’s Gospel and how he points out that the Word became flesh and “tabernacled” with us.  God’s presence is real.  It is not some “thing” that dwells within us; it is God Himself!  Otherwise, it would be silly to refer to Him as Comforter, Companion, Advocate, Spirit of God, and so on.

Thank you, Lord, for dwelling in me!

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